The paint has dried. The television, seating areas and new mural are in place.
OATHS, the Organization Assisting the Homeless Student, gathered its members last week to celebrate the renovated family room at Interfaith Sanctuary, the homeless shelter at 1620 W. River St.
OATHS members, who include students from across the Treasure Valley, have a longstanding relationship with the shelter. Many in the community are unaware that families live at Interfaith for weeks, sometimes months at a time.
OATHS advisor David Skinner, a teacher at Bishop Kelly High School where OATHS originated, said volunteers painted the walls and floor, provided a flat screen television and DVD player, and furnished the room with books, games, art supplies, and DVDs.
OATHS also furnished the room and purchased a dining table and chairs, bookcases, and study tables from Idaho Correctional Industries.
ICI is an offender-training program that teaches work and life skills and prepares offenders to be successful as they return to our communities. They produced, delivered, and set up the furniture at Interfaith.
OATHS students will continue their relationship with Interfaith Sanctuary during the new school year. Several students spend time there tutoring younger students in academic subjects.